Native Alaskan Carves Walrus Ivory Into Angel and Firefighter to Say Thank You

McKinley Fire: Native Alaskan Wildfire Survivor Carves Walrus Ivory Into Angel and Firefighter to Say Thank You

#McKinleyFire Wildfire survivor Robert McCoy thought that his home had been destroyed by the fast moving wind-driven wildfire on August 18 2019. Fire crews were able to save Robert’s house and today Robert, an Alaskan Native and artist who works with raw walrus ivory, presented a very special tribute piece to the fire crews.  Thank […]

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9/20/19 – 11:00 Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet & Public Information Map

For Printable Version of Map Click Here Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C. Size: 167,164 acres Containment: 68% Personnel: 250     Current Status: Yesterday, fire crews worked along the southeastern side of the fire searching for hot spots, mopping up, and […]

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BLM AFS, USARAK to burn debris piles on Interior Alaska training lands

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will burn piles of woody debris on military training lands in Interior Alaska starting as early as this Saturday. Burning operations for piles on the Fort Wainwright Area Main Post (FWAMP), the Tanana Flats Training Area (TFTA) […]

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McKinley Fire: Managers Reduce Speed Zone Along Parks Highway and Evacuation Levels Dropped from “1 Ready” to Zero

Crews remain working along the Parks Highway. Please drive with caution at all times from milepost 83-91. Double fines are still in effect for speeding between milepost 87 and 91. Evacuation levels are zero for all areas impacted by the McKinley Fire. Even with recent heavier rains, deep ash pits will remain throughout the fall […]

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Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet – 9/19/19 – 10:00

SwanLakeFire Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C. Size: 167,164 acres Containment: 57% Personnel: 265 ATTENTION: Fire weakened trees have been falling across roads and camping areas in and near the fire area due to winds. Campgrounds are closed due to these […]

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Live From the McKinley Fireline - Debris Reduction Operation along the Mat-Su Borough Right of Ways

Live From the McKinley Fireline – Watch Massive 80,000 lb Remote Controlled Tree Grinder Work Along the Mat-Su Borough Right of Ways

Live from the fireline – McKinley Fire debris reduction operation along the Mat-Su Borough right of ways in Yancey West. This remote controlled 80,000 pound tracked horizontal grinder arrived today to help fire crews meet the suppression repair standards. An incident excavator operator feeds the remote controlled machine as Heavy Equipment Boss Grace Cooper provides […]

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Skyline Trail remains closed due to fire-related hazards, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

#SwanLakeFire The Skyline Trail and connecting trails remain closed due to fire-weakened trees and ash pits that present a significant hazard to recreationalists. Conditions will be re-evaluated for safety, but extensive repair may be needed before reopening the trail. Please view this video showing hazards along the Skyline Trail and visit Inciweb for current information […]

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Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet – 9/18/19 – 11:15 AM

Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C. Size: 167,164 acres Containment: 48% Personnel: 254 ATTENTION: Fire weakened trees have been falling across roads in and near the fire area due to winds. Drivers on the roads need to watch for falling trees and may experience delays. Crews will clear trees […]

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Swan Lake Fire Update – September 17, 2019 – 7:45 PM

Yesterday, two helitack crew members, one bear guard, and an archaeologist flew to the Harry Johnson remote cabin to unwrap the fire protection wrap. The Harry Johnson cabin was built in 1926 by trapper Harry Johnson. There are a few of his cabins still standing on the peninsula, but this one is in fairly good […]

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Swan Lake Fire – Cooper Landing Structure Protection Contingency Line – September 17, 2019

Lincoln Chute, Structure Protection Group Supervisor for the Swan Lake Fire talks about the contingency line near Cooper Landing, Alaska.

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